Mint (New Delhi) – New Delhi, June 18 — In late-January, at a gathering of serious-looking parents and students who had come to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi speak about exam pressure, the conversation suddenly veered toward video games.
- The sweeping age band-between a Class IX student and the country’s prime minister-and their common understanding of the allure of alternate worlds that lay inside screens, in many ways, captures India’s gaming culture and the tipping point at which it is neatly poised.
- Restricting e-sports to consoles and PCs in India will only restrict the overall market, said Keerti Singh, head of growth at Hitwicket, one of the most downloaded games on smartphones in India.
- She pointed out that mobile games like Clash Royale and PUBG have already held major tournaments, with big cash prizes, in the country.
- Industry sources say PUBG Mobile is grossing revenues in India that are comparable to Dream11, the first Indian gaming company to enter the unicorn club.
- “Gaming (including e-sports) has seen a good uplift with the rise in mobile gaming stemming from the proliferation of smartphones and cheaper data plans that happened over the past 2-3 years.